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Genuine vacancy tests explained

All current and prospective sponsors should be aware of the recent changes to the immigration rules. Most recently, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) issued new guidance for sponsors on how to sponsor Tier 2 and 5 migrant employees and announced that sponsors may only employ migrant workers for a genuine vacancy. As a result, the genuineness […]

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Benefit restrictions for EU migrants

In his speech today, David Cameron has set out plans for the proposed benefit restrictions to be placed on EU migrants. This information comes just as Cameron admits defeat in his hard-fought battle for a cap on EU migrants. The planned curbs on welfare benefits accessible for EU migrants would see the time which migrants […]

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Latest ONS migration report

Migration to the UK escalates The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its November report on migration and the figures reveal a surge in net migration to the UK. In the year ending June 2014, an estimated 583,000 people immigrated to the UK for work, family or study related reasons. A total of 323,000 people […]

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New powers for UK officials to tackle sham marriages

After a European Commission handbook was issued in October containing guidelines for tackling marriages of convenience within the EU, Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire has announced new measures which will enable the necessary authorities in Britain to effectively deal with this ongoing issue. Brokenshire had announced in October that ‘registrars will be given new […]

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Labour to curb tax credits for working EU migrants

Rachel Reeves has announced that, should The Labour Party come to power in May 2015, it plans to curb tax credits for EU migrant workers. Reeves insisted that she did not deny the value of having EU migrants in the UK and sees Labour’s plans as being possible within a reformed EU. The plans would include […]

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Clegg to cut EU child benefits

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for a major overhaul of the EU benefit rules in an effort to cut child benefit payments to European migrants whose children do not live in the UK. According to The Telegraph Clegg wishes to cut child benefits and tax credits for EU parents working in the UK whose children do […]

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£10 charge for visitors to UK

Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, has announced that Labour plans to introduce a £10 charge which would be payable at UK borders to visitors from over 55 countries worldwide. According to the proposals, the charge is to pay for 1,000 extra border guards which they plan to put in place at a cost of £45 […]

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A political hot potato: EU immigration

UK Immigration has long been a topic which has divided British opinion, but as David Cameron attempts to lead the UK towards a controversial curb on EU migration he runs the risk of separating Great Britain from the EU and alienating the nation from a world superpower. UK’s relationship with Germany on the edge According […]

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Changes affecting Tier 2 employers updated UKVI guidance

Changes Affecting Employers – updated UKVI guidance UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has issued a new version of its guidance on how to apply for a Tier 2 or 5 sponsor licence and how to sponsor an employee. The guidance is to be used for all Tier 2 and Tier 5 applications made on or […]

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Applying for a Tier 2 sponsor licence? updated UKVI guidance

Applying for a Tier 2 sponsor licence? UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has issued a new version of its guidance on how to apply for a Tier 2 or 5 sponsor licence and how to sponsor an employee. The guidance is to be used for all Tier 2 and Tier 5 applications made on or […]

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